Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan
Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension. The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence. “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules…
UK Coastguard Searching for Vessel Taking on Water
The U.K. Coastguard is currently coordinating the search for a vessel which may be in distress and taking on water somewhere in the Newhaven area, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Lee on Solent, Newhaven RNLI Lifeboat and Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team are all searching for signs of the missing vessel and are being supported by Newhaven NCI. The Coastguard has also broadcast a message requesting further information from all shipping. Jonathan Mustard, Maritime Operations Specialist for U.K. Coastguard said, “We received a broken message via VHF radio this afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. that a vessel needed assistance because it had a hole in its side and was taking water.
Severe Gales to Hamper Russian Vessel Save
A Russian flagged vessel reportedly with 13 crew still aboard is listing 'significantly' outside of Portsmouth Harbor may have to await further rescue attempt, as the weather forecast is poor with severe gales and rough seas expected later today according to various local media reports. The ship MEKHANIK YARTSDEV as identified in locla images from the scene reportedly has power and is reported stable, at anchor in the Solent.
Falmouth CGOC Joins National Network
Falmouth Coastguard Operations Center (CGOC) will become part of the new Coastguard national network for the first time this week. Work has been carried out at the search and rescue coordination center at Pendennis Point, upgrading the technology and introducing new systems. This means Falmouth CGOC will be connected to the National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC) in Hampshire and other Coastguard stations around the country, which will be able to offer mutual support during busy periods. From Saturday, November 1, 2014, Falmouth CGOC and the new national network will start to take on operations from Brixham Coastguard. The changes to Her Majesty’s Coastguard will see the NMOC and 10 other CGOCs around the U.K. work together to manage the workload.
Seventh Whale Stranded Off Norfolk Coastline
A seventh whale has been reported in shallow water off the coast of Mundesley, Norfolk this morning, February 9. A member of the Mundesley Coastguard Rescue Team contacted the UK Coastguard just after 10 a.m. this morning to report the whale was 300-400 yards off shore. The whale, which is the seventh whale in that area, was reported to be alive and thrashing about in the shallow water. UK Coastguard has alerted Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard Rescue Teams who are currently on the shoreline keeping a watchful eye over the position of whale. British Divers Marine Life Rescue, the Zoological Society of London, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Receiver of Wreck and the local council have also been informed.
Dover, London CGOC Join National Network
Press release - Dover and London Coastguard Operations Centers (CGOC) have become part of the new Coastguard national network. Work has been carried out at both search and rescue coordination centers to upgrade the technology and introduce new systems. This means Dover and London CGOC will be connected to the National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC) in Hampshire and other Coastguard stations around the country, which will be able to offer mutual support and share work during busy periods.
Chinese Fisherman killed in South Korean Coastguard Raid
A Chinese fisherman was killed on Friday in a South Korean coastguard operation to apprehend his vessel which was operating illegally off South Korea's west coast, the South Korean coastguard said, drawing an angry response from China. Coastguard officers fired eight bullets when they raided the boat in the Yellow Sea. While the coastguard said no bullet wound or bleeding was found on the crew member, a hospital official said he appeared to have been killed by a bullet to his right lung. The coastguard said an autopsy would determine the cause of death. The killing will irritate relations between the two countries but is unlikely to derail efforts to forge a stronger economic partnership. China is South Korea's biggest trading partner.
U.K Coastguard Helps with Flood Rescue Efforts
The U.K. Coastguards has been working through the night as parts of the U.K. have been hit by one of the largest tidal surges in decades. Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) at Stornoway, Aberdeen, Humber, Holyhead, Liverpool, Thames, Dover and Falmouth have been managing the rescue efforts. Nearly 50 Coastguard Rescue Teams have been sent to some of the worst affected areas. Coastguards from elsewhere in the country were also sent to help. In Moray, the Burghead, Lossiemouth and Buckie Coastguard Rescue Teams…
NE England Night-time Beach Wader Disappears
UK's Humber Coastguard has been coordinating a search for a man seen walking in the sea in the dark near to Marsden Grotto, South Shields. A fisherman called 999 and spoke to Humber Coastguard just before 11pm last night, reporting that a man was in the water, but he soon disappeared from view. Maritime and Coastguard Agency informs that the Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team, the two RNLI lifeboats from Tynemouth were sent to the scene, along with the police helicopter and the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer. Despite the extensive search, nothing has yet been found.
HM Coastguard Modernization Program Update
The timetable for completing the modernization of Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been announced. The new national network is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, with the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) operating from autumn 2014. The introduction of the national network will enable the NMOC and all the other 10 Coastguard Operation Centers (CGOC) to work together to manage the workload on a national scale. This means in a search and rescue incident, even though the coordination will still be managed by the relevant CGOC, there will be a much bigger and better support network available nationally. There will be no reduction in rescue resources, which remain unchanged by the modernization of HM Coastguard.
Estonian Ferry Collides With Dutch Tug
An Estonian passenger ferry with 49 people on board collided with a Dutch tug off the southern coast of England on Monday, injuring one member of the tug's five-man crew, British coastguards said. No one was hurt on board the RoRo ferry, Neptunia, which was on its way from Folkestone, southern England to Boulogne in northern France. Coastguards said both vessels had been damaged in the collision and had taken on some water. One crew member on the tug suffered a head injury but coastguards said it was not severe enough to require immediate hospital treatment. The boats collided just before 6.00 a.m., six miles (10 km) southeast of the English port of Dover. "The damage caused a small hole in the port quarter of the ferry," the maritime and coastguard agency said in a statement.
Falmouth Coastguard Searches for Missing Crew
14 miles South by West of Lizard Point in Cornwall. distress alert from an Emergency Positioning Beacon (EPIRB). the scene, while the ERIDAN proceeded to the location of the sunken vessel. proceeding to the scene. are being transferred to shore by the helicopter. the three remaining crew. with rough seas and moderate to poor visibility.
Yacht Assists Crew in Atlantic Rescue
Atlantic rescue. The Falmouth Coastguard were contacted by their colleagues at Thames Coastguard who received a telephone call from a lady crew member on the yacht Compromise competing in the ARC Challenge 2006. who reported that she had a medical emergency on board. area that could assist. yacht Compromise. 32 foot yacht Compromise with a mast head light showing.
Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow
The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper, reported that it was drifting without engine power and taking in water this morning, leading Shetland Coastguard to send a rescue helicopter to the scene. The Coastguard also requested the Stromness and Kirkwall RNLI all weather lifeboats. MCA's emergency towing vessel ETV Herakles was also dispatched to assist the vessel, and an industry stand by vessel Vos Hera attended as well. The disabled ship's 10 crew members remain on board and pumps were transferred on board the Skog by the Coastguard helicopter.
Missing Yorkshire Yachtsman Found in North Sea
A yachtsman from Yorkshire, reported missing has been found on his yacht in the North Sea, following an extensive search coordinated by Humber Coastguard. His 17ft yacht, Equinox, was approximately 80 miles east of Spurn Point (at the mouth of the Humber) and rescuers found him relatively quickly today, thanks to an emergency positioning beacon aboard his yacht which was activated. The 69-year-old’s family contacted the Coastguard on Thursday as they had become concerned for his safety.
Philippine Ferry Capsizes with 251 Aboard
Four people were killed and seven were missing after a Philippine ferry with 251 people on board capsized during bad weather on Thursday near the capital, Manila, disaster officials and a coastguard spokesman said. Accidents involving boats sailing between the many islands of the Philippines are common. Vessels are often overloaded but the coastguard said that was not the case on Thursday and the ferry had the capacity to carry 286 people. A total of 240 people were rescued from the sea by fishermen and rescue boats sent out by the coastguard hours after the ferry capsized and sank…
Tanker Detained In U.K.
An Italian classed oil tanker has reportedly been detained at the U.K. port of Felixstowe after an inspection found a number of defects, the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency said. The Panamanian-flagged 1972-built Alboran 1, a 3,764 gross ton tanker, was inspected after RINA, said it had withdrawn class and statutory certificates from the vessel, the Coastguard said. The U.K. inspectors confirmed RINA's decision to withdraw certificates due to numerous defects to equipment and machinery. The inspector said he had no choice but to detain the vessel which the Coastguard said was operated by Greece's Golden Carriers Shipping SA.
Norway Coast Guard Blames Greenpeace For Collision
Norway’s coastguard reportedly accused Greenpeace of causing a collision at sea in which an environmentalist was seriously injured during an anti-whaling protest. The coastguard said that Greenpeace’s inflatable dinghy obstructed legal whaling in Norwegian waters on Saturday and was hit by a coastguard vessel when it tried to escape arrest.
EU NAVFOR, Seychelles CG Prevent Piracy
On October 10 two French fishing vessels in position approximately 160 nm North of Seychelles reported being under attack by pirate skiffs. The attacks were unsuccessful. EU NAVFOR reacted immediately and launched the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft stationed at the Seychelles to investigate the area of the incident. The EU NAVFOR Force Headquarters onboard EU NAVFOR Netherlands warship EVERTSEN contacted the Seychelles Coastguard, who had a patrol vessel operating 50nm from the incident. The EU NAVFOR Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) located the pirate skiffs, two fast attack skiffs and one mother skiff, close to the position of the earlier attack on the French fishing vessels. The MPA directed the Seychelles Coastguard to the scene.
Work Starts on New UK Coastguard Training Center
Work on the new U.K. national Coastguard training center in Hampshire has officially started today, Wednesday, 16 July. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent cut the first sod of turf for the new center at Daedalus Airfield in Lee on Solent. The purpose built facility will provide Coastguard Rescue Officers with essential training and skills to help them deal with emergency situations on the U.K. coastline. Facilities will include an 8 meter-high ‘cliff face’ to train teams in how to carry out cliff rescues. This climbing wall will descend 4 meters into a pit, to enable Coastguards to gain experience of working in enclosed spaces. The site will also be the new base for the Hill Head Coastguard Rescue Team.
Migrant Rescue Ship Threatened by Libyan Coastguard
The Libyan coastguard intercepted a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, ordering it to sail to Tripoli or risk being targeted, a Reuters photographer aboard said. The Golfo Azzurro ship operated by Spanish humanitarian organisation Proactiva Open Arms was repeatedly contacted by a Libyan coastguard vessel, according to radio transmissions heard by the photographer. "You are sailing in our waters for months now and you are conducting activities that are causing problems to Libyan state sovereignty," said a man who identified himself as part of the Libyan coastguard, speaking in English. "Therefore I ask you to alter your course towards Tripoli port. If you do not obey the orders right now... you will be targeted," the voice said.
Man Earns Jail Time for Hoax Coast Guard Calls
A man found guilty of making numerous hoax calls to the U.K. Coastguard has been jailed for four months, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. Alasdair Munro, 55, from Kyleakin, Skye, denied all charges before Sheriff Scott at Portree Sheriff Court on August 27, 2015, but was found guilty of an offence contrary to the Communications Act 2003 section 127, according to the MCA. Munro had reportedly called HM Coastguard several times on October 30, 2013, claiming a yacht was lost in Loch Hourn. Munro said he had spoken to someone on VHF radio stating that they were lost in Loch Hourn and didn’t know how to get out. The call led to the deployment of a Mallaig RNLI Lifeboat and Kyle Coastguard Rescue Teams to search for the vessel…
U.K. Coastguard Responds to Tug Fire
Yarmouth Coastguard received a radio call from the tug HT Blade, stating they had an engine fire with three crew on board. The Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) was activated and Coastguard Rescue teams from Lowestoft, Cromer and Felixstowe were tasked as well as requesting the launch of the Cromer lifeboat to the scene. A Rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham is transporting the MIRG crew and a cargo vessel 'RMS Riga' is offering assistance in the area.